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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1994-10-05


Topics Live concert


Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Wang Dang Doodle, Jack A Roe, Queen Jane Approximately, Lazy River Road, Eternity*, Deal Midnight Hour, Cumberland Blues, Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Jam-> Jam w/o Bob and Vince-> Jerry, BIlly and Mickey-> Jerry alone-> Bob and Jerry-> Bob alone-> Bob, Phil and Vince-> Bob, Phil, Vince and drummers-> I Need A Miracle-> Standing On the Moon-> Sugar Magnolia, E: The Mighty Quinn


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date October 5, 1994
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source SBD > DAT > CDR


Notes

SBD > DAT > CDR; via Tim Wiley

Reviews

Reviewer: gordon hensley - - February 1, 2015
Subject: another excellent fall '94 show
incredibly inspiring jack straw to kick things off with jerry really leaning in nicely. enjoyable listening all the way through with unusual drums/space band interactions keeping things interesting.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - - January 17, 2013
Subject: Oh boy!
Many great high lights and inspired performances from the band. The jam out of UJB> Miracle is intense. A great encore with Quinn the Eskimo too, which was very rare during this era.
Reviewer: DoublyShrubly - - January 17, 2013
Subject: Yowza!!!!
Recently moved and during the set-up of the audio gear I eventually got my old Yamaha deck working again and have been listening to a lot of the old cassettes to root out what works and what doesn't; including my old GD Hour tapes.

And am I ever glad I did....Grateful you might say...

Anyway, I just finished listening to this about an hour ago at LOUD volume (it's one of the best recordings I have made) and I have to say, the jam into the drums and the beginning of drums is absolutely PSYCHOTIC. But that's the beauty of The Grateful Dead....they are are one of the very few bands/artists that can actually scare the crap out of you aurally and then gently bring you back to earth later on in the journey.

Amazing shit.

And so much for the everything post 90-whatever sucks claim--they never heard this apparently.

Jerry, like most greats/originalists/explorers (Keith Moon, Hendrix are other examples) always had some issues with consistency--it's just as he aged, his inconsistencies became more consistent, i.e. more and frequent "off" nights, like most humans.

This night most definitely was NOT one of those nights.

And on my 36th birthday,

Thank you Jerry for giving your all, one last time.

There isn't enough riches in this world that can compensate you for what you gave all of us willingly throughout your too short career/life.

Except of course our undying love.

One last. I also used this tape to "demo" my gear on the top (8th) floor of a building once....they heard/felt it on the ground floor lobby!!!!

And when the girl came up to ask us to "attenuate", she had to admit how good it sounded even at what she termed "obscenely loud" volume!!

Now don't get me started on 09/19/70!!

Pigpen!!!!
Reviewer: lit22 - - November 22, 2012
Subject: 1st show
Ahhhh, my first dead show. Being that I was 17 and on acid I don't remember many specifics except it was the first drums/space I ever experienced. Space completely blew my mind. the archive is great because I can listen and understand that this was a solid show. I absolutely love being able to listen to the amazing GD of the 70''s and some 80's but 93-95 was my time. I only made it to ten shows but I feel extremely fortunate to have found the GD before Jerry passed. The shows I saw at The Spectrum, MSG, RFK, Three Rivers, and The Meadowlands were towards the end and full,of forgotten words and a tired Jerry but I loved every second of being able to take part. Being 35 with two kids under the age of 5 I can now pass down the gift of the GD to them. They both already love Franklin's Tower and Shakedown.

I still see Further and Bobby acoustic whenever they are around and the shows are pretty solid. Hope they have a few more years left in them...
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - October 6, 2012
Subject: --
First set bookended by two powerful one-two-punch tunes together - Straw / Devil and Eternity / Deal. Middle of the set is adequate, but it's the beginning and end that make this one shine.

Second set is for the books - not a slacker in this venture - thorough fun, the highlight being Jerry's surprise entrance during drums to lay down a frightening lead doorway into Space...Phil evokes some gorgeous flute-like melodies here.

really fun video of this online over at youtube - check out how Jerry dissolves into the lighting during Deal and winds up looking like a green glow-eyed Jawa, or something.
Reviewer: weir1965 - - December 28, 2011
Subject: 3:54 ....... "Tell ya bout"
Boy this was a really good Grateful Dead show. I just checked my wall of stubs and I was there. I'll be honest I dont remember many of them being I was in space back then but giving them a listen years later on this site is just fucken wonderful !!!! Great show ... not a great late 90s show ... just a great show period. Check out Garcia at the 3:54 point of Mighty Quinn, he's diggin down deep !!! Wonderful Stuff. Miss you Jerry. Happy New Year everyone!!! (PS - yes this one deserves a 5 star rating)
Reviewer: agstwst33 - - February 21, 2010
Subject: "standing on the moon" standing out!!
this was a huge show for 94....i`m not afraid to admit that i love late 80s and 90s era Dead...i think when Jerry was on his guitar sounds so good during this time..the 1st set was standard Dead,Lazy River sticks out.but the heat from this show came outta the 2nd set for sure!..the Midnight into Cumberland was just right on.and the transition from Miracle into SOTM was perfect,which led into my favorite SOTM since 93 in LA when branford graced us with a beautiful rendition.overall terrific show at the Spec.
Reviewer: fiveandgrace - - August 24, 2008
Subject: Don't care what anybody says
Was too much fun. Mid 90's or not. Shit, mid 30's and I'd give anything to go back to this night. They always managed to get it together for Philly. Even towards the end. Yes Jerry had his connections in the city of brotherly love, but whatever. Much has changed since this night. Technology is amazing. Gives me a good feeling just to listen. Go back to all the good times w/ great friends. Standing on the Moon. Worth the price of admission alone.
Reviewer: purpletornado - - August 5, 2008
Subject: This is THE Standing On The Moon
Doesn't get much better than this. Jerry is giving it all he's got on this one.
Reviewer: spikedriver - - June 14, 2008
Subject: Show has a comfortable groove
I love Jerry he makes the hair on my arms stand up. Some things in this world are just right. Some things bring you closer to God. Jerry was righteous and an angel spoke through his guitar. No doubt. Lazy River Road! Truck downshifting its load. It is just right every note falls into time like it was written for eternity. Great Philly show!
Reviewer: wharfrat72 - - February 29, 2008
Subject: Mozilla Firefox Follow Up...
I just installed Mozilla Firefox on my computer because it kicks Internet Explorer's ass. With Firefox I was able to download this show one song at a time to my computer. Works pretty much the same as my previous post laid it out. One extra thing I do, is to first left click on the song I want to download to highlight it and let it buffer into my computer memory. Then I right click it and choose "Download this song" from the menu. The little Firefox download manager pops up and downloads the song to the desktop by default. Then I just drag/drop the songs from the desktop to a newly created folder. From there I can just play them from my computer or burn them to CD!! Works like a charm!!
Reviewer: LuvinLife - - December 9, 2007
Subject: Was my first show!
It was a glorious night of discovering my love for the Grateful Dead. Have been addicted ever since. Is there any way for me to get a copy of this show. I would love to have one since it was my first show. Still have the ticket!
Reviewer: Trevor tnt Toll - - August 14, 2007
Subject: 94 fall tour was awesome
This was my third showw on this tour and man if you think boston was good well philly was better.The night before my birthday show and the boys take flight and bring you with them through a magical sounding experience.Cumberland is sick listen to that if anything. The whole show was wicked ended up making out with a girl right beside me by the end of it. Amber i will never forget this show.Thanks to the Dead . I miss u jer.
Reviewer: audioresearch - - March 18, 2007
Subject: Shocking Quality in '94
Sound on this is as good as it gets. The Spectrum is a home venue and this recording is true enough to accurately capture the character of the space. Huge soundstage, fantastic body to the instruments, percussion, and voices. The mix is balanced and smooth. No foggy window here, just clear polished glass or on a true reference system, perhaps, just an open window.

As for the performance, I casually listened to Set I and found it in-line with the favorable reviews of others offered here. Having critically listened only to Set II it forms the basis of my review.

I was shocked to discover a performance this good in '94. From end to end, the set is a solid beam of masterful artistry. That the boys hit their gestalt is indubitable. The tide starts out high with robust, yet focused energy for Playin' and UJB's. The familiar verses and lines like warm water over your toes. It will draw you in. With UJB's jam you'll be afloat when the powerful current changes, the undertow seeks in all but unnoticed. Land is gone now and you are cast into the oceans deep mystery by, certainly, one of the best drum/space sequences played. By a miracle, you'll find yourself standing on the moon, with Jerry, and the huge heart of his, clear enough to be beside you. At end of this full spectrum passage its high time to party down with Eskimo. If you've listened, you've just lived a lifetime, or every lifetime, in roughly an hour and a half. To an open-minded listener willing to give it it’s due, would not be falsely advertised as psychedelic experience in a nut shell--no chemicals required. That is the dead at their best.

Sonics 5
Performance 5
Reviewer: spring mountain high - - March 17, 2007
Subject: one of the best of the last
this would be one of the final nights i was lucky enough to experience the boys in action, and there was an energy to this performance that had been lacking in most of the other shows during the final couple of years...the memory of this show that is burned into my brain is that of a lone garcia riffing along with the drummers, building improvisatory modalities that transformed from unobtrusive noodling into a climbing fever pitch which ended immediately as the house lights came up and it was just him, spent from just having poured his soul into an intense run, staring out into a frenzied crowd, digging the moment, as was i...this is what i keep going back for...god bless the grateful dead and the good folks who keep it alive on this site
Reviewer: gruUbic - - October 10, 2006
Subject: 10/5/1994 worthy
worthy...

whack set list --

great output...

energy from the boyz...
more than solar, not nuclear...but not carbon either --- funness burned and then it was done.

the audio is perfect (prefect?) whatever ---> 5
Reviewer: terrapinbob - - April 22, 2006
Subject: The 90's Grateful Dead
After the In the Dark success, I stopped going to shows because the crowd got nasty almost overnight. I did return to shows in 1990 and was at this one. A finer sounding Cumberland Blues you will not hear. This one is a keeper.
Reviewer: Armin Nikgol - - January 15, 2006
Subject: One of the absolute best 1994 shows ive heard.
The first set is great/excellent. Eternity is a nice surprise, a sweet and sad performance, very well done, progressive and increasingly jazzy being on the borderline between melodic and abstract/atonal. The second is nothing short of excellent. One traces these great spacejams to Miles Davis avant garde jazz. the whole band is truly inspired (perhaps by Garcias great performance and obviously physical shape in general) and drives the band into the unheard, reminiscent of the great late 60s performances. Garcia staying on stage during Drums section and playing excellent riffs and jams. What more can possibly deadhead ask for? Forget the great Scarlet-Fire jams for a while and listen closely to the second set and the energy this band posesses. This enduring energy is a seldom one for an increasingly weak Garcia of the 90s.

This show -with the excellent but more traditinally October 1st- is definately a 5 point based on 90s standards.
Reviewer: Armin Nikgol - - January 15, 2006
Subject: One of the absolute best 1994 shows ive heard.
The first set is great/excellent. Eternity is a nice surprise, a sweet and sad performance, very well done, progressive and increasingly jazzy being on the borderline between melodic and abstract/atonal. The second is nothing short of excellent. One traces these great spacejams to Miles Davis avant garde jazz. the whole band is truly inspired (perhaps by Garcias great performance and obviously physical shape in general) and drives the band into the unheard, reminiscent of the great late 60s performances. Garcia staying on stage during Drums section and playing excellent riffs and jams. What more can possibly deadhead ask for? Forget the great Scarlet-Fire jams for a while and listen closely to the second set and the energy this band posesses. This enduring energy is a seldom one for an increasingly weak Garcia of the 90s.

This show -with the excellent but more traditinally October 1st- is definately a 5 point based on 90s standards.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - November 17, 2005
Subject: good effort
94 is not my fav year to say the least, but this show is a pleasant surprise, along with a couple of boston garden shows from this tour and some nice shorleine moments weeks before. You will not be bowled over, but nice effort. Hate to harp on this but, man I wish PITB actually extended more than 6 minutes.What happened to that tune?
Reviewer: darkeyes - - October 18, 2005
Subject: Last show
This was my last show and birthday show to boot. Thanks Bridget! A pretty good show to go out on. Who would have thought that less than a year later Jerry would be "He's Gone". Hey folks, "Life is but a vapor, so make the most of your mist". Thanks archives for the memories. The boys have inspired so many people over the years; who would have thought that I would be a born again Bible believing youth pastor. I gave up many of the old ways, habits, lifestyle, but the Grateful Dead and their music are in my soul. What a long strange trip eh? 5 stars
Reviewer: PUFFtronica - - September 18, 2005
Subject: I LOVE JERRY
Jerry Garcia is my hero. It's because of show like this that make me wanna scream and flip out. Awesome show. Incredible for '95!!!
Reviewer: psiphiguy - - August 26, 2005
Subject: Quality Show
The word that appears in most reviews is "focused", and with good reason. Jerry's playing has purpose, as it always had during his prime. There is a nice balance in the sound on this; Bob's guitar provides some interesting sounds that are easy to hear without dominating the mix. I don't think this is a top 100 recording, but one the best from '94.
Reviewer: TwinD - - July 6, 2005
Subject: One last great one
I've always referred to this night as the "last great show". I've not heard a better show beyond this date and consider this one of the best of the Vince-era shows. Jerry was uncharacteristically focused (I guess his blood sugar was under control) and the aimlessness of his playing that characterizes so many 90s shows is absent. And unlike other shows of this time, it's not a mumblefest, either.

Very good first set. Excellent second set.

This should be a priority download for anyone looking for decent late shows.

And a very nice recording... but an AUD would be nice...
Reviewer: bettyford - - May 10, 2005
Subject: This one is real good....
If you are reading this review, you are probably sifting through trying to find good shows from this era to round out your collection. Well, go ahead and d-load this one. Here's the thing: Jerry's voice does NOT sound wiped out, hoarse, or strained at all. He, in fact, sounds quite good here. His guitar playing is very focused throughout, save for the middle solo in UJB. (It is made up for in the coda, where he works this crazy melody out on the low strings...)
Sound quality is excellent. Show fits on 2 CD's.
Play this one for some jackass who says the Dead "sucked after '91" or some such crap
Reviewer: fadem - - April 29, 2005
Subject: very clean
This recording has a very clean sound, and is well worth the download. Among the highlights are the sweet, lyrical Garcia solos in Jack Straw, nice harmonies in Cumberland, an impressive UJB jam, and an absolutely BEAUTIFUL version of SOTM. Thank you archive!
Reviewer: MarkStar - - April 28, 2005
Subject: Killer
Wonderful show (especially for '94). Track list here is screwed up however, so pay attention that Midnight Hour>Cumberland begins the second set.
Reviewer: feellikeastranger - - November 23, 2004
Subject: thankyou
great show. midnight hour>cumberlad is hot. missed the first set sitting in traffic. now i can hear what i missed over 10 years ago. thankyou archive and thankyou to all the tapers out there for recording all the concerts we missed or went to. killer sound for a killer show.
Reviewer: just_dew_it - - October 10, 2004
Subject: listen to Jack Straw!!!
The best Jack Straw ive ever heard. Jerry's guitar playing is so unbeleivable on this one. Great bob vocals too.
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